AFTER A BIT OF PRACTICE, BREWING SUPERB CHAI AT HOME CAN BECOME SECOND NATURE. THE KEY IS TO STICK TO A FEW FUNDAMENTALS THEN EXPERIMENT A LITTLE (OR A LOT) TO DISCOVER YOUR OWN PREFERENCES. THESE ARE OUR STARTING POINTS AND SOME EASY TO FOLLOW BREW GUIDES TO GET YOU STARTED …
If you use good quality ingredients, your result will always be better.
CHAI, SWEET CHAI, TUMERIC AND ROOIBOS :
All work with the same basic technique, which is – “add hot liquid, enjoy”.
Our BLACK TEA ONLY and SPICES ONLY concentrates are where you can get creative.
For example you can tailor your own tea and spice strength in a chai by using these 2 concentrates in any ratio you like.
For DAIRY MILK – I suggest starting with ‘more or less’ 1 TBSP (15ml) of each combined with 225ml of liquid.
PLANT MILK – 2 Tsp of each /225ml milk.
Sweeten to taste at any stage.
Or add either of these 2, to any of the other concentrates to strengthen them – according to taste.
Add sweetener at any stage. In the milk before heating is great. Adding coconut sugar or evaporated cane juice or jaggery to chai is one of those food things you just need to accept as intriguing and maillardesqe.
We do a SWEETENED CHAI concentrate because apparently, these days, people need that sort of thing.
We make an UNSWEETENED chai so you can add your own sugar if you wish to.
GARNISH – also a thing is killing the balance with a fistful of cinnamon sprinkled on top. Not my thing obviously .. Try any spice you like on top – just ¼ to ½ a pinch tho. Less is more .
These are not compulsory but they are incredibly simple zhuzh.
Add a ¼ to ½ a pinch of your favourite spice or ‘CHAIGUY MASALA MIX’ to any of the concentrates, BEFORE adding (hot) liquid ideally .
TUMERIC LATTE – read turmeric drink. Add fresh turmeric if you have it. Add a fat like coconut oil or cocoa butter.. actually any oil will do . Anti-Inflammatory etc etc
ROOIBOS LEAF , also known as RED BUSH is a caffeine free bush from South Africa that is full
of anti-oxidants, digestable polyphenols and minerals. It tastes good too – red notes, fruity, teaesque .. y’know .
CHOCOLATE CHAI – top a chai with a sprinkle of hot chocolate powder. No matter what i try this is for me, the definitive way ..
Balance balance balance.
SPICED HOT/COLD CHOCOLATE – add our SPICES ONLY mix to a hot/cold chocolate.
If you have the idea by now that you can do whatever the heck you want to, you are correct. Let the self-determined chai making begin.